Meeting everyone’s educational needs with a single course: Can we even do that?
Probably lots of people have now heard about the professor who walked out on his Coursera MOOC. What I found striking was Irvine’s response. They suggest that the course was just fine and would meet the needs of just about everyone, from those who just wanted a taste to those who wanted a serious education. What we know aptitude-treatment interaction suggests that that’s not possible. A single course, with no personalization, is unlikely to meet the needs of tens of thousands of students.
Irvine officials, however, “felt that the course was very strong and well designed,” he said, “and that it would, indeed, meet the learning objectives of the large audience, including both those interested only in dipping into the subject and those who were seriously committed” to completing the course.